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week ending November 15th, 2019
As employees plan for retirement, a key to being ready is to accumulate as much savings as possible. With the new IRS limits, plan participants are able next year to put more into their retirement plans. There seems to be a link between the investment menu defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors offer participants and how much the participants save. Helping participants understand the tax benefits of saving in a retirement plan would encourage plan participation, and explaining the negative consequences of taking money out of their savings may help stop leakage. Research shows that employees are also looking to invest their assets in health savings accounts (HSAs) to accumulate more for retirement health care expenses. And, actuary groups say a better understanding of longevity can help employees plan for investment strategies in retirement and health care expenses, among other things. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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Investing
The Role DC Plan Investment Menus Play in Participant Savings
Do managed accounts or larger investment menus encourage participants to add more to their DC plans?
Administration
Helping Participants Understand Tax Considerations for Retirement Plans
Understanding all the tax implications of qualified retirement plans can be daunting, but there are a few key things participants should know.
Administration
Ways to Combat Pervasive Leakage
The Savings Preservation Working Group says that at least 33% and as many as 47% of plan participants withdraw part or all of their retirement savings when switching jobs.
Benefits
HSA Holders Looking to Invest, But What Will They Find?
Although investment menu designs are better, there are still improvements that can be made and items plan sponsors should evaluate when selecting an HSA provider.
Products
Actuary Groups Update Longevity Calculator
A better understanding of longevity can help employees plan for investment strategies in retirement and health care expenses, among other things.
Popular Reads
Compliance
DOL Offers Guidance for Locating Missing Participants
Guidance in three parts offers suggested processes for DC plans and DB plans and reveals errors DOL staff should look for.
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Administration
The Mechanics of Moving to a PEP
With a lack of regulatory guidance, plan sponsors can rely on certain existing rules to know the steps to take if they decide to move from a single-employer plan to a pooled employer plan.
Deals and People
Marty Walsh Will Be Nominated as Secretary of Labor
Apart from potentially reversing course on fiduciary rule-related regulations, there are many other areas where sources suggest the next DOL Secretary could drive significant changes.
Investing
Deciding Whether an Annuity Is Right for Your Plan Participants
Plan sponsors should look at participant needs to determine whether annuities would be a fit for their plan and, if so, which types of annuities meet those needs.
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